Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 85
    Rocket Riot is simple arcade fun candy coated with brilliant pixel art.
  2. This funny, fast-paced multiplayer shooter will have you repeatedly begging your friends for just one more rematch.
  3. Fun graphics, cool twists to easy-to-use gameplay, and enough variety to stand on its own two feet, make Rocket Riot a decent alternative for fans of arcade shooters.
  4. Rocket Riot delivers hours of fun, some good ideas and a lot of options. A must try and, in case you buy it, a cool way to have some fast paced matches with friends.
  5. Rocket Riot is a great example of how a game can come out with little to no hype and still be a wonderful gem.
  6. In a time when Xbox Live Arcade seems to be lurching towards bigger and slicker titles, Rocket Riot takes you back to the early days of the service, when colours were bright, goals were simple, and the score meant everything.
  7. 70
    Brace yourself and buckle your seatbelts kids, it's going to be a bumpy -- and destructive -- ride through the sky.
  8. 85
    Codeblue has delighted us with one of the must have titles of Xbox Live Arcade.
  9. Games Master UK
    A distinctive and demanding blaster that's worth a look if you remember blocky sprites and brutally difficult games fondly. [Sept 2009, p.82]
  10. 75
    It's done well, is particularly playful and features vibrant pixel art.
  11. The resulting chaos is entertaining, if not a bit over-stimulating. With creative level designs and tons of playable characters to unlock, Rocket Riot offers hours of explosive-fueled enjoyment before the fun starts to wane.
  12. Rocket Riot is a simple game in all areas, but the core gameplay is great fun and the visuals have a retro feel that gives the game a trendy appearance.
  13. 85
    With Rocket Riot, Codeglue has shown us a unique stile which combines the past with the present. Because the controls are so easy and the game is filled with action, everyone can enjoy this title for hours. Therefore Rocket Riot is one of the arcade games, that every Xbox user should have tried!
  14. Official Xbox Magazine
    Terrific character-unlock system. [Oct 2009, p.82]
  15. Shooting enemies and blowing things up, without having to think about complicated gameplay mechanics - That is Rocket Riot in a nutshell. With a unique retro look, this is a game that fans of Liero or Soldat don't want to miss.
  16. Pelit (Finland)
    A quite good retro-themed and fast-paced gravity shoot ’em up. It doesn't take itself too seriously. Too bad there aren’t any multiplayer opponents around anymore. [Aug 2009]
  17. A really entertaining title, and even more entertaining and funny if you play it together with friends.
  18. It’s just plain fun, with the presentation adding to the entertainment.
  19. Rocket Riot is a great little game, one of the best I’ve played on Xbox Live Arcade in quite a while. There’s something about it that almost makes you feel like you’ve played it before, and several elements are reminiscent of other games.
  20. THQ and Codeglue have got a winner on their hands. Rocket Riot is a very stylized, 3D rendered, 2D side view shooter that is fast, furious, doesn’t take itself too seriously and is just simply a hell of a lot of fun to play.
  21. The 800 point, or $10, price tag is very much worth it for the beefy single-player modes and decent selection of multiplayer modes for when you want to shoot people that are right next to you or over the internet’s tubes.
  22. Rocket Ride is a great game for the XBLA. The simple, but addictive, gameplay mechanics make this a perfect fit for the downloadable platform.
  23. If you're the type of gamer who wants depth and complexity to their games then Rocket Riot won't be to your liking, but if you fancy a great multiplayer game that demands no more of you than two functioning thumbs, you're sure to have a blast.
  24. You should know that Rocket Riot will eventually wear thin. But its great looks, clever gameplay, and huge roster of unlockable characters give you plenty to do, and the end result is quite a bit better than the game's $10 price tag might initially lead you to believe.
  25. Rocket Riot is a blast. The game’s unique design and style makes it stand out against many of the other titles available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, and at 800 Microsoft Points, this is yet another title to consider adding to your collection.
  26. For 800 Microsoft Points ($10 / £6.80), Rocket Riot is a fun, chaotic gem of an Arcade game with enough unique firepower to keep you blasting blocks for a pretty long time.
  27. Rocket Riot is highly original, despite its simplistic design and seemingly trivial action.
  28. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    One of the prettiest games on Live Arcade and one of the most fun multiplayer games on 360. [Sept 2009, p.103]
  29. With 80, repetitive single-player missions that progressively become more difficult by simply increasing the number of enemies and the amount of damage they do, a similarly infuriating ‘Endurance’ mode that throws massive streams of enemies at the player, and a fun looking online multi-player mode that no one seems to play, Rocket Riot may be enjoyable for an occasional local multiplayer session, but little more.
  30. I was very surprised by how much fun I had with Rocket Riot. I generally don’t love two-stick shooters, but I was quickly won over by the art style, destructible environments, and humorous gameplay.
  31. A highly addictive game which we can't recommend highly enough. Buy it now you won't regret it.
  32. It isn’t very big and it isn’t especially clever, but Rocket Riot has a certain something which succeeds in putting a big sloppy grin on your face.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Alphega
    Jun 20, 2009
    + Fun to play. + Great looking game + Fun party game to play with a couple of friends behind one tv + fast action (+/- which can result in + Fun to play. + Great looking game + Fun party game to play with a couple of friends behind one tv + fast action (+/- which can result in total chaos, especially with the power-ups) +/- Bosses can be quite hard to beat (but hey most are too easy these days so maybe I got spoiled ;) - I'm guessing it will loose its edge if you have played it for a couple of weeks. Full Review »